After 40 years of dedicated research on the other side of the Whorouly bar, Graham decided to give bartending a go. He has taken to it like a duck to water – he loves having a chat, knows what a good beer tastes like and enjoys meeting people. Graham is well known in the district as the local plumber. He still does the odd plumbing job, and locals know where to come when they want a bit of advice or a special fitting. When not behind the bar or fixing a leak, Graham is likely to be out on the road delivering mail. And that is why he can often be seen wearing his special ‘plumber, publican, postie’ shirt – a concurrent career claim not many can make.
Until she hooked up with Graham, Jennifer had not spent much time in a pub. Now she rarely leaves. When not helping out behind the bar, she can be found serving in the dining room or assisting in the post office. Certainly a change of pace for someone who worked as a journalist and book editor for almost 30 years. The biggest change, according to Jennifer, is she doesn’t need to chase the news anymore because between the pub and the post office, it pretty much comes to her. The good news for patrons is the Whorouly Pub (and post office) follow the philosophy that what goes on in the pub stays in the pub.
Nobody knows pub grub like our very own cookie Kylie. She has been serving up tasty treats at hotels and cafes in the North East of Victoria for years. Kylie is a bit of a character in the kitchen, giving the parmas an earful when they don’t do what is expected but always with a smile. She uses a similar approach in her dog training business – strict with a decent dollop of humor. Whether keeping the pooches or parmas in line, Kylie gets the job done. And if you are lucky, there will be one of her specialities on the menu. She is great on the pans, cooking up to-order pastas and risottos, and is pretty good at the sweet treats too!
Parcels, letters, bills and banking are all in a day’s work for Corina, who keeps the Whorouly Post Office ticking along. It is amazing how a letter addressed to ‘Grandma Billy, Whorouly 3735’ will find its way to the rightful owner. Corina is also the one to see if you want a newspaper, magazine, eggs, sugar, greeting cards or, when Graham or Jennifer are not around, a pot of beer. When not working in Whorouly’s post office and ‘licensed supermarket’ she can probably be found down by the Ovens River tossing a line in and she will gladly show you some of her most memorable catches.